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New Cambodian Casino Ignites ‚Border War‘ With Thailand

Mittwoch, März 11th, 2020

 New Cambodian Casino Ignites ‚Border War‘ With Thailand

A fresh Cambodian casino on the border with Thailand has provoked a strange border stand-off between your two countries.

A shot associated with casino that is new before its opening on April 7. It probably still appears lot like this, brain you, since both Thais and Cambodians are barred from visiting it.

The Saitaku Resort and Casino, which opened several weeks ago at the Chong Sai Taku temporary border crossing in Cambodia’s Ban Kruat district, was relying on attracting all of its footfall from across the border in Thailand since it’s illegal for the residents of both countries to gamble in casinos.

This seemed like a sound business plan, until Thai authorities, on the nights the casino’s soft opening on April 7, prohibited their citizens from crossing the checkpoint to see it.

Therefore, we have a beautiful brand new casino that no one, or at least no one born within hundreds of miles of it, can actually visit.

In retaliation this week, Cambodian authorities banned its own citizens from crossing the border to visit Thailand.

This stalemate is damaging the business for local tradesmen on both sides whom depend on cross-border activity with regards to their livelihoods. Santi Uthumporn, mayor of the tambon Chanthop Phet Municipality in Ban Kruat district, told the Bankok Post that trade had plunged from a few million baht a week to very nearly zero.

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